The Craigmonie Hotel in Inverness will close to the general public from Monday September 5 in order to accommodate Ukrainian refugees
A hotel in Inverness is set to close its guests and will instead welcome Ukrainian refugees, it has been learned.
However, it is not yet known how many refugees will move into the Craigmonie Hotel on Annfield Road in the city.
The hotel has 40 rooms and no other guests will stay at the hotel during the term of the agreement.
It is understood that the arrangement will begin on Monday (September 5) and is expected to run until at least the end of March next year.
There have been complaints from guests whose bookings have been canceled at short notice – but hotel staff have been trying to find alternative accommodation for potential guests.
The government’s refugee program has been well received by Compass Hospitality, owner of the Craigmonie Hotel, according to chief executive Niall MacLennan.
He said: “These people have been through a hellish time. If we can offer them sanctuary, I think we should.
Staff have been reassured that no jobs will be affected by the move – all staff will be retained with no reduction in hours.
The Department for Work and Pensions, along with the UK and Scottish governments and the Highland Council, will work closely with staff once the refugees arrive.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February, around 9,000 Ukrainian refugees have fled to Scotland.